NTSB report on Yellow Line crash finds operator tried to brake

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report detailing the events leading up to the collision of a CTA Yellow Line train and a snowplow on November 16th. According to the report, the train operator attempted to stop and use the emergency brakes, but a system designed to prevent wheel sliding while braking had activated, but the train still crashed into the snowplow, causing over $8.7 million in damages and injuring over a dozen people.

The NTSB is continuing its investigation into the crash, but the preliminary report has provided more insight into the moments leading up to the collision. CTA President Dorval Carter has been under scrutiny as the agency faces criticism for unreliable service and issues with trains and buses. The crash has resulted in multiple lawsuits against the CTA, and the agency is working with the NTSB to ensure a thorough review of the Yellow Line and its reopening.

During the crash, the train was traveling at a speed just below the maximum of 55 miles per hour, and a clear day with temperatures in the 60s. The operator attempted to brake and apply emergency brakes when alerted to the presence of the snowplow, but the train was unable to stop in time. The NTSB has not found the operator at fault, and the investigation will focus on the CTA’s signal system, railcar design, and braking mechanisms.

The CTA has outlined a plan in response to the crash, including lowering speed limits and improving track maintenance to ensure the safety of trains and passengers. Further investigation and collaboration between the NTSB and CTA will be critical in preventing future accidents.

Join Our Social Group For Latest News Updates

WhatsApp Group

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *